This is the second in a series of three posts about CIEC's latest free resource: Potatoes to plastic.
In the previous post I described how potato starch could be easily extracted from potato peel using simple equipment that is readily available in the primary classroom. Here I will explain how the extracted starch can be used to make bio plastic in a few straightforward steps. As this quote from a year 5 teacher shows, this activity is not only very engaging, but makes relevant links to the topic of Materials in the English and Northern Irish primary curricula, Earth's Materials in the Scottish curriculum and Myself and non-living things in the Welsh curriculum.
"They have absolutely loved this learning. Thank you for the opportunity to engage Year 5 in such an exciting and relevant project, which has reinforced their previous scientific learning of properties of materials (and has done so in a real-life context they will not forget!) as well as their scientific thinking. This project has led to many wonderful opportunities for cross-curricular links to reading, writing and maths too".
|Children using the list of vocabulary to support them to talk about the activity in a more scientific way.|
In the final post in this series I will explain how this resource can be used in English lessons and to develop children's understanding of how science is working to find solutions to other environmental problems.
|Full instructions including health and safety advice can be found in the free resource available from our website.|